Land­mark art space re­opens

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Af­ter a lick of paint and a shake-up of space, Art­sta­tion is open­ing its doors for a new term.

The Pon­sonby Rd cre­ative in­sti­tu­tion was closed for re­struc­tur­ing in De­cem­ber af­ter years of op­er­at­ing at a loss. It re­opened this month.

There are new gal­leries lo­cated on the ground floor and up­graded work­shop space for hire.

Artists in need of stu­dio space can now make use of a cell in the build­ing’s re­fur­bished cell block from its for­mer life as a po­lice bar­racks.

Even a padded room is avail­able for hire.

It is hoped the changes mark a turn­ing point for the Pon­sonby land­mark, se­nior arts and cul­ture pro­gramme leader Tracey Wil­liams says.

‘‘This is just the be­gin­ning of a pos­i­tive fu­ture for the space.

‘‘The changes to the build­ing aren’t the end of that.’’

Pho­tos: JESS LEE

Art space: Art­sta­tion, a for­mer po­lice bar­racks, has re­opened af­ter a re­fur­bish­ment.

Cells in­clud­ing a padded room in the old cell block at Art­sta­tion are now avail­able as artist space.

Un­usual workspace:

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